Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Sayeik Gastineau School will participate in the 11th annual National Bike & Roll to School Day on Wednesday, as they pedal, push and roll their way from the Douglas Bridge to their campus three miles away.
“At Gastineau School we have been doing Bike to School now for probably 10 years,” Sayeik Gastineau School physical education teacher Dirk Miller said. “It was interrupted by COVID the last two years so we are restarting it and we are going to meet students with bikes at the Douglas Bridge on the Douglas side…"
Students will bike from the Douglas side of the bridge and ride the sidewalks to Sayeik Gastineau School.
Other students will join them on scooters at Homestead Park.
The event is celebrated across the nation and brings attention to the need for making routes to school safer and active trips to school more family friendly, whether walking, biking or rolling. It is also to encourage children to be more active and for creating more space for children and families.
The bikers are scheduled to begin between 7:20 a.m. and 7:30 a.m.
Miller noted that others can participate.
“It is a public sidewalk,” Miller said. “If people do I hope they are in the spirit, wearing helmets, and cheering us on… if you are driving on the Douglas Highway towards town slow down, be careful, wave to the kids on bikes and just enjoy the sight of all these kids being active in the morning, starting off their day with a bike ride.”